Following a brief but highly successful venture in the transport business, George Rodanz decided to return to his first love – farming. Acquiring 1100 acres of prime farmland near Stouffville, Ontario, in 1934, he proceeded to establish the Ringwood Hereford herd, purchasing his foundation stock from well-known local breeders. Three years later, he bought a carload of heifers and the bull, Hazford Tone 171st, at the Hazlett dispersal in the United States.
In 1946, George Rodanz electrified the beef cattle world by purchasing Del Zento 1st at a sale in Oklahoma for $51,000; one of the highest prices paid for a Hereford bull up to that time. Other imported bulls were added to the herd from time to time. Perhaps the most notable, Cheyney Nave, selected from a British importation, proved to be a valuable breed improver.
Because of the extreme care and sound judgment exercised in the selection of sires, the Ringwood herd established an enviable reputation for freedom from hereditary defects and growthiness combined with quality. When Ontario’s performance testing program was initiated, the Ringwood herd was one of the first to participate and test results served to enhance that reputation.
The herd was dispersed in 1969, but not before it had contributed to the improvement of herds in every province of Canada, and in many states south of the border.
George’s executive talents were recognized by many agricultural organizations. Among the boards on which he served with distinction were: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, president 1961-1962; Canadian Hereford Association, president 1950; Performance Registry International, chairman of the board 1964-1965; Canadian National Livestock Records, chairman of the board 1954; Canadian National Exhibition Association, director 1954-1970.